PM wages war on plastic in new environment plan

12 January, 2018, 15:08 | Author: Terri Saunders
  • Christopher Furlong via Getty Images                   The government's successful 5p plastic bag charge is to be extended to small shops

The Prime Minister told Cabinet ministers that a new 25-year environment strategy to be unveiled tomorrow would "send a strong message to the public about the Government's commitment to be the first generation to leave the natural environment in a better state than we inherited".

Officially titled A Green Future: Our 25-year Plan to Improve the Environment, the 150-page strategy's executive summary says the plan "looks forward to delivering a green Brexit", and elaborates on some of the post-EU-membership agriculture policies mooted by Gove last week.

Supermarkets will be encouraged to introduce plastic-free aisles as part of a move to prevent billions of tonnes of waste packaging ending up in the oceans.

She also said that the government will work with supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles, where produce is sold loose or wrapped in recyclable or biodegradable materials.

Mrs May is expected to unveil plans to extend the 5p plastic bag charge to all small shops.

MICHAEL Gove will tomorrow unveil plans for a cash-in-return for plastic bottle scheme in a bid to kill Britain's "throwaway culture".

Theresa May will commit the United Kingdom to eliminating all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as she launches the Government's environmental plan for the next 25-years.

There are also ideas to tackle waste from coffee shops.

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"In years to come, I think people will be shocked at how, today, we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly", said May.

Setting an example in the eradication of avoidable plastic waste, May said that the government would seek to reduce single-use plastics in its workplace and suggested that other large organizations should consider banning staff from using them in their workplace, as well.

"The UK will demonstrate global leadership". By that time, we would have added, at the current rate, nearly another 300million tonnes of plastic to our oceans.

The organisation also questioned why such a 25-year timescale was necessary for eliminating "avoidable" plastic waste.

The Prime Minister on Thursday vowed to take action on the "scourge" of plastic by 2042, pledging to slash the production of single-use packaging which ends up polluting countryside and beaches and poisoning the world's oceans. "We are delighted to work with WRAP to help unleash such collaboration here in the United Kingdom, as a first national implementation initiative of our global New Plastics Economy initiative".

Its chair, Ibrahim Dogus, said: "While we agree that more needs to be done to reduce the use of plastics, a tax isn't the right answer, as it will lead to increased costs for consumers and hurt the many small and independent businesses that make up the UK's takeaway sector".

There was, however, no explicit support for a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles which has been called for by the Environmental Audit Committee.

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